When Paul Walker perished in a car accident last November, he left behind several promising projects in development; including an action-adventure romance about rescuing the endangered white rhinoceros from poachers.
Walker, 40, was not only the successful star of the "Fast and Furious" franchise, but also had a love for conservation and humanitarian projects. His Reach Out Worldwide charity organization was complimented by his passion for marine biology and nature. According to Walker's manager, Matt Luber, the actor was particularly interested in starring in a film by first-time screenwriter and endangered wildlife journalist Tom Clynes called "Eden's Army." From The Hollywood Reporter:
In early drafts, Clynes' hero was a conservation biologist-turned-Washington bureaucrat who went to Africa to hunt antelope and rediscover his masculinity. To turn it into a Walker film, he was asked to make the protagonist an ex-soldier searching for his identity but not necessarily his virility. "In the original, he needed to get his balls back, but Paul is an actor who really needs to come into a movie with his balls intact," says Clynes, 53. "He wanted to be active from the beginning as a fighter, and it made sense. This guy, Paul, had fantastic ideas."
While both men admit it's unclear exactly what will become of the project, it's easy to see them perhaps finding some interest from other corners of Hollywood. Back in 2012, it was announced that Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Tom Hardy were producing not one, but two films focused on poaching in Africa. The first would follow Hardy as a former Special Forces soldier battling poachers, while the second would cover a much-larger view with a "Traffic"-esque storyline.
"There is no writer on the second film, but the studio feels it is rich terrain and gets to the heart of an illicit industry by telling stories from several perspectives,” reported Deadline. “They range from the back-room dealings of corrupt executives, to a portrait of the life of a poacher, to others involved in the underbelly of a global scourge that occurs not only in the jungles but also the oceans, where illegal shark fishing runs rampant.”
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